By Shelley Jacoby
For 13 years, Florida has earned a D+ grade on the status of poverty and opportunity for women, which is why the Women’s Fund is dedicated to improving lives by lending our support to equal pay for women.
The fact that one in every five women in Miami-Dade County lives in poverty is appalling, and it should come as no surprise that the poverty rate among these women would drop by 57% (more than 142,000 women) if equal pay existed today.
The Women’s Fund supports this cause because of how it positively impacts women in Miami, and how it solves other seemingly unrelated issues in our city.
When women are freed from poverty, they’re able to prioritize their health –– in this case, pay equity not only promotes long-term economic security, it also improves our public health system.
Additionally, companies that enact pay equity are likely to experience higher employee retention, access to a larger, more skilled, and more qualified talent pool, an increase in productivity due to elevated morale, greater customer loyalty, and an enhanced corporate and brand reputation.
Gender pay equity does much more for our society than it does for just girls and women, and it’s about time we dedicated our resources to this pressing issue. Our research shows that there are many people and organizations on the city, state, and national level (e.g. Equal Pay Day) that want to support equal pay programs, but may not know where to start, which is why we’ve announced our newest initiative: Equal Pay Miami-Dade.
Equal Pay Miami-Dade is a multi-year, collaborative campaign involving specific, measurable actions designed to create long-term systemic change.
In one year, we will focus on:
- Elevating the issue of equal pay through a communications campaign
- Collaborating with other non-profit organizations with similar goals
- Encouraging support and resolutions from public sector entities
- Securing commitments to pay equality from private sector organizations
Individuals like you who support gender pay equity can positively impact a wide range of social issues through this one effort, and can improve the quality of life for someone’s mother, sister, best friend, daughter, or aunt who, despite their hard work, may still be living in poverty.
For more information, and to learn more about how to get involved in Equal Pay Miami-Dade, please visit: www.EqualPayMiamiDade.org